SwissBelhotel International launch Zest Hotel Legian

first_imgZest Hotel Legian BaliSwiss-Belhotel International launch Zest Hotel LegianTo celebrate the grand opening of the new Zest Hotel Legian in Bali, Swiss-Belhotel International hosted a rooftop Neon Party for 150 invited guests on Monday 8 August. The party was held at sunset, allowing revellers to enjoy spectacular views from what is one of Legian’s newest and most appealing downtown venues.The fun started with a cocktail gathering as guests enjoyed the soothing sunset views. As night drew in, neon LED lights created a glowing ambience across the sky and local celebrity ‘DJ Pamela’ provided entertainment with dance music adding a soundtrack to a striking audio-visual display.To mark the official launch of the hotel, a special pyrotechnics switch was set up. When pressed the word “ZEST” formed in letters of fire prompting applause and cheering from all the guests. Later in the evening, the hotel hosted a special dinner at Jaen Bar & Kitchen which is located on the ground floor of the property. The menu offers a flavourful modern yet authentic selection of Balinese fusion food.Attending the rooftop party were a number of senior representatives from Swiss-Belhotel International, including the group’s Chairman and President, Mr. Gavin M. Faull. Also in attendance were Zest Hotel International CEO, Mr. Emmanuel Guillard, as well as the owners of Zest Hotel Legian, Mr. Ichsan Hidajat, Mr. Budi Hidajat, and Mr. Suyoga Ayub from PT. Tri-Asih-Sejahtera.As the first ZEST branded hotel managed by Swiss-Belhotel International in Bali, the successful launch of the Zest Hotel Legian is a significant step in the continued development of the group, and also the growth of the ZEST brand,” said Mr. Faull.Zest Hotel Legian Bali will certainly appeal to travellers seeking a modern, budget hotel located in the heart of the island’s most vibrant district. It offers safe, clean rooms at attractive rates with the added appeal of complete comfort and convenience. The addition of a rooftop space will also inspire more private functions in the future, whether it is birthday parties, BBQ dinners, or networking events. Zest Hotel Legianbook your accommodation here Source = Swiss-Belhotel Internationallast_img read more

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Hotel Indigo opening to capture and amplify the unique essence of Melb

first_imgHotel Indigo opening to capture and amplify the unique essence of Melbourne’s DocklandsHotel Indigo opening to capture and amplify the unique essence of Melbourne’s DocklandsAs we enter the ‘Age of I’, a new traveller segment is emerging: one that is increasingly fixated on local, inspiring and unique experiences that make them feel part of the destination. For these uncompromising and nuanced travellers, run-of-the-mill just isn’t enough.That’s why IHG® and Salta Properties have signed a management agreement to build a Hotel Indigo, the refreshingly local brand for the savvy individualist, in Melbourne’s eclectic and heritage-listed Docklands waterfront precinct.Hotel Indigo properties feature unique design at every turn without compromising guest comfort. A vibrant modern colour palette, complemented by natural light and locally influenced design and decor, make for an inviting, stylish and refreshing atmosphere.The 170-room hotel is the second Hotel Indigo signing for Australia and New Zealand and is due to open in 2019, following the signing of Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley in late 2016. The Docklands, or ‘waterfront gateway to Melbourne’s soul’, is home to the city’s leading corporations and government agencies, as well as sporting fanatics and art enthusiasts. The location will allow the hotel do what Hotel Indigo does best: exemplify the unique Docklands neighbourhood story.Hotel Indigo Melbourne DocklandsKarin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer Australasia & Japan, IHG said: “The Hotel Indigo brand is extremely important to our continued growth in Australia, as we know the appeal that these ‘local’ hotels have for our guests.”“We expect Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands to become a leading lifestyle hotel in Melbourne, differentiating itself from other hotel offerings in the city thanks to the brand’s entirely unique style. While we know Melbourne is seen as the world’s most liveable city, Docklands presents a Melbourne that is not just liveable, but gritty, with an eclectic style. Our Hotel Indigo guests will undoubtedly love exploring and being inspired by the area.”For Sam Tarascio, Executive Chairman of Salta Properties, choosing the Docklands location was a particularly poignant decision. “In the 1950s I migrated to Australia, arriving at Victoria Dock on a ship from Italy. That bleak port has been transformed over the years to become Melbourne’s vibrant Docklands waterfront, so it means so much to me to give back to the place that welcomed me 67 years ago.”“The Hotel Indigo brand is the perfect fit for a place that oozes local neighbourhood character with expansive water views and open spaces. With some 20 million visitors expected to visit the Docklands each year, it’s great timing to be developing this striking hotel in Melbourne’s new and contemporary neighbourhood”, he said.Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands will boast a large resort-style pool and gym, a meeting and board room, as well as an iconic, street-facing neighbourhood restaurant and bar, split over 2 levels. Adding that extra piece of neighbourhood magic, all of the hotel’s large rooms will boast uninterrupted water views.Launched in 2004, Hotel Indigo is the world’s first globally branded boutique hotel brand. No two of the 70 current Hotel Indigo properties are alike as each is designed to reflect the culture, history and heritage of its immediate neighbourhood. From the building’s design to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, guests can look forward to an intimate boutique hotel experience with the international standards promised by a global hotel company.Hotel Indigo launched in Asia Pacific in January 2015 with the opening of Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road, Thailand, followed by the opening of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, Singapore in July 2016. Mid  2017, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will open. There are currently 63 Hotel Indigo properties (9,000 rooms) in the pipeline.IHG currently has 27 hotels operating under four brands in Australia: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklandsmake your booking hereHotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands1Source = IHG – Hotel Indigo – Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklandslast_img read more

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Cinnamon Lodge Habarana brings Green to Sri Lankan Heartland

first_imgThe five-star Cinnamon Lodge Habarana in Sri Lanka is sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land. Chalet-type accommodation is situated in tranquil surroundings with pathways and podiums inspired by the glorious remains of Ritigala, a 6th century Buddhist monastery. Other ancient historical sites – the Sigiriya Fortress, the UNESCO World Heritage capital cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and the Dambulla Cave Temple await guests nearby.Green Globe recently re-certified Cinnamon Lodge Habarana for the fourth year with the hotel receiving a high compliance score of 84% against accredited criteria.Ghazzali Mohideen, General Manager at Cinnamon Lodge Habarana said, “We are delighted to obtain Green globe re-certification which affirms our commitment to sustainable green practices that we are passionate about. In addition to the significant reductions in Co2 emissions achieved and the reduction in waste generation, we are excited about our new project the resort’s paper recycling plant which in its second phase will have local community partnership.”The resort follows a comprehensive environmental management system that focuses on energy and water conservation, minimising its carbon footprint, reducing waste and protecting biodiversity. Electricity usage throughout the property is monitored monthly. And energy saving initiatives includes the replacement of incandescent lighting with LED lighting and the installation of sensor lights.Water usage at Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is monitored on a regular basis and reduction goals are set. Furthermore, the property has an onsite sewage treatment plant to reduce the impact black and grey water has on the environment. And as part of the property’s waste reduction initiatives, waste is segregated thereby enabling a higher percentage of reuse and recycling of refuse.last_img read more

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Japan sets a target of 20 million foreign arrivals by 2020

first_imgJapan has decided to boost its annual foreign arrivals to 20 million by the year 2020, with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urging his cabinet to come up with new plans to boost tourism in the country.The depreciation of the yen’s value has resulted in a number of foreign tourists coming to Japan and it has been more than the government had expected.The number of foreign arrivals totalled at 14.5 million for the January-September period last year, up by 48.8% from the same period in 2014 and already exceeding the 13.4 million totals for all of that year.The PM is determined to meet the goals and accomplish strong and positive results in bringing more foreign visitors to the country.Visitors from China accounted for 27.5% followed by those from Taiwan 17.5%, South Korea with 10.3%, United States with 7.3%, Hong Kong with 6.8% and Thailand with 4.7%.In a new move, India will be offering Visa on Arrival to Japanese Tourists and BusinessTravellers from Japan, effective from March 1, 2016. Prime Minster Narendra Modi made the announcement jointly with visiting Japanese Prime Minister in Delhi.last_img read more

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Anusha Dandekar appointed as Thailands Brand Ambassador

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a campaign to target women travellers. The tourism board is keen to benefit from the first-mover advantage and has appointed Anusha Dandekar as its brand ambassador in India.“I have been to Thailand over 50 times during my career at MTV Asia – we shot there all the time and I’ve tried all the food. It’s one of my favourite places and despite having visited so many times, it never gets old for me,” said Anusha.Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai office, said, “Today women travellers represent 30% of our arrivals from India. We would like to scale this up to 60-65% by 2022. We have done this effectively before with groups and independent travellers.”According to a study conducted by Thomas Cook earlier this year, 70% of women today prefer to travel with friends versus family. Moreover, many studies have indicated that culture, cuisine, spa & wellness and shopping are the interests of these women travellers. They have also been shown to prefer to travel without a tour manager and correspondingly prefer safe, easy-to-navigate destinations. Thus, Thailand emerges as the perfect choice and the best fit for this segment because it meets all these needs effectively.Various studies conducted in India and globally show that 70-80% of holiday decisions are taken by women. TAT believes that positive experiences in Thailand will lead women travellers to choose Thailand more often also for a family holiday in the future. Moreover, an Amadeus study has indicated that between 2011 and through 2020, the women traveller’s segment would have grown by an astounding 891%!Anusha Dandekar visited Thailand for the destination’s TVC shoot and essentially experienced the thrills in Thailand. She and the tourism board will be showcasing her adventures during the trip on social media besides traditional platforms.last_img read more

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MTDCs Ganesh Darshan Tour initiative receives an overwhelming response

first_imgMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) had organised special Ganesh Darshan Tours from September 6 to 8. The Ganesh Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Maharashtra. The tour covered six of the most popular Ganesh pandals in Mumbai like Lalbaugcha Raja, GSB Sioncha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja to name a few. MTDC had organised three AC buses a day wherein 45 tourists in each bus were to be accommodated. There was a great response to this initiative as MTDC received 100% bookings with 360 tourists including some from other countries as well experiencing the Ganesh Darshan Tours in a span of three days.Commenting on this initiative Valsa Nair Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Cultural, Government of Maharashtra said, “All festivals in Maharashtra are celebrated with abundant fervour and enthusiasm. We are very pleased to receive such a positive response on this initiative. The aim of this initiative was not only to boost tourism but also give an opportunity to people across the world to experience and be a part of one of the most popular festival in the state.”Swati Kale, General Manager of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation said, “Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festivals that have always brought people from diverse cultures and communities together. Tourists from different countries came and experienced the Ganesh Darshan Tour. We are glad that were able to successfully spread our culture across people from various parts of the world in these three days.”last_img read more

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HUD Scorecard Home Sales Rise Prices Dip

first_imgHUD Scorecard: Home Sales Rise, Prices Dip in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share July 5, 2011 440 Views center_img On Tuesday “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD and the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx jointly released the June edition of the Obama administration’s “”Housing Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf, offering mixed results as home sales crested on a slight uptick and an oversupply of foreclosed properties remained in place.[IMAGE]””The housing data in this month’s “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf paint a mixed picture of the housing market, despite growing evidence of progress in the broader economy,”” Raphael Bostic, “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD assistant secretary, said in the statement. “”Last month we saw a slight uptick in home prices and a continued decline in mortgage defaults├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª but we have much more work to do to reach the many households who still face trouble and to help the market recover.[COLUMN_BREAK]””That is why this Administration continues to push for effective implementation of our recovery programs as we continue to help homeowners through this crisis,”” he said.According to the “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf, existing home sales jumped slightly over June, trending from 25,100 to 26,900. Mortgage rates elevated the new home sales by staying low, with a number of borrowers refinancing their mortgages to recoup losses and boost their savings. Home prices declined by 3.6 percent from the same period in 2010, reflecting a continued strain of volatility in the housing market.””The Administration remains committed to reaching homeowners who are still struggling so that our country can fully recover from an unprecedented housing crisis,”” Tim Massad, “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx assistant secretary for financial stability, added in the statement. “”The Administration’s programs continue to benefit tens of thousands of additional homeowners every month, while keeping the pressure on mortgage servicers to offer more sustainable assistance to prevent avoidable foreclosures.””The “”Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf also reported data for the 10 largest loan servicers, using a series of reviews to identify six considerable improvement areas. The servicers included big-name lenders “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/, “”J.P. Morgan Chase Bank””:https://www.chase.com/, “”Wells Fargo Bank””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/jump/checking/simplifyonline, and “”Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC””:http://www.ocwen.com/. The “”Housing Scorecard””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=OPA_June_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf is a monthly report issued by “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD and “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx that assesses and projects changes in the housing market. Bank of America Home Prices Home Sales HUD Processing Wells Fargo 2011-07-05 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

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Pending Home Sales Maintain Holding Pattern

first_img Share Pending home sales remained essentially flat in November, with regional shifts more or less offsetting each other, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported.[IMAGE]The group’s “”Pending Home Sales Index””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/12/pending-home-sales-edge-up-in-november (PHSI), used as an indicator for expected home sales, bumped up slightly to 101.7 in November from October’s downwardly revised 101.5. Compared to last November, the latest index was down 1.6 percent.NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said the data indicates a flattening market.””We may have reached a cyclical low because the positive fundamentals of job creation and household formation are likely to foster a fairly stable level of contract activity in 2014,”” Yun said. “”Although the final months of 2013 are finishing on a soft note, the year as a whole will end with the best sales total in seven years.””In the Northeast, pending sales declined 2.7 percent to an index value of 82.6, though that was still 1.9 percent above last year. The Midwest also experienced a monthly drop, posting a 3.1 percent decrease to a reading of 100.6 (0.4 percent higher than November 2012).Meanwhile, in the South, pending home sales rose 2.4 percent to an index of 116.1, coming up 0.1 percent above last year. The West’s index increased 1.8 percent to 95.0 but fell 8.7 percent short of last year, partly due to ongoing inventory constraints, NAR said.The association’s pending sales index only reflects contracts, not actual sales numbers. For all of 2013, NAR expects total existing-home sales to reach 5.1 million, a 10 percent improvement over 2012. December 31, 2013 409 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Service Providers 2013-12-31 Tory Barringercenter_img Pending Home Sales Maintain Holding Pattern in Datalast_img read more

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The Valuation Gap A Growing Issue for Housing Market Recovery

first_img While much of the mortgage industry has shown substantial recovery since the housing crisis, there are some markets still lagging behind. In these weak housing markets, there are many rehabbed properties that are being valued for less than they are worth simply due to the state of the real estate market.History has shown that homeowners typically value their homes at a higher price point than appraisers, but as the housing market evolves, these opinions are inching closer to reaching a point of equilibrium.Quicken Loans’ Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) found that homeowners valued their homes 1.75 percent more than appraisers in January 2016, marking a full year that this trend had continued. Last month, the gap between home values and appraisers was 1.80 percent.”Homeowners across America are understanding their home’s worth more as the gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions narrows,” Quicken stated.Mid-2013 and 2015 was the only time since 2007 that appraisers valued homes more than homeowners. This rare occasion ended at the start of 2015 and homeowner opinions continued to increase through mid-2015, up until the reversed directions and headed toward an equilibrium point between homeowners and appraisers.“It’s always important to understand your local real estate market,” said Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters. “If home values are growing in the area, homes may be gaining equity faster than consumers realize. On the other hand, if the local market is struggling, the appraisers–who are most aware of home value changes–may recognize this before homeowners come to terms with reality.”But there are changes on the horizon that leaders in weak housing markets are pushing to implement to resolve the appraisal gap problem.Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan recently unveiled the Detroit Home Mortgage Initiative, which is designed to address the appraisal gap. The initiative increases the number of sales an appraiser can use to generate a home value, according to Urban Institute’s Laurie Goodman, Director, Housing Finance Policy Center.”The Detroit Home Mortgage Initiative addresses the appraisal gap in a more scalable manner,” Goodman explained. “Banks provide borrowers with a second mortgage that, combined with the first mortgage, can exceed the appraised value of the house. Because the second mortgage can be forgiven under certain circumstances (if the home is sold and the borrower has experienced a qualifying “hardship event”), it is often referred to a “soft second.” This soft second can be used for a home that has already been rehabilitated, or one still in need of rehab.”She continued, “The Detroit Home Mortgage Initiative could have a huge impact on the city’s housing market. By allowing for mortgages with loan-to-value ratios over 100 percent, it could break the vicious appraisal spiral, which has systematically undervalued rehabbed homes.”In Detroit, there are a number of homes that need rehabbing but once rehabbed, the homes are often appraised for less than the actual value of the home and repairs. Goodman says this appraisal gap is hindering recovery for this housing market.”This disparity creates a vicious cycle: rehabilitating is not profitable, so there is little incentive to invest in a home. Because there is a shortage of homes in good condition, when one sells a home, it is difficult to find comparable properties for appraisal purposes,” Goodman stated. “As a result, the rehabbed home is generally appraised for less than the purchase price plus the cost of the rehab.  Even if a home becomes a comparison property later on, the next home will be undervalued as well.”Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado recently met with HUD Secretary Julián Castro to ask the Secretary to consider issuing a mortgagee letter to set the definition and criteria for identifying vacant and abandoned properties and then accelerating those properties to foreclosure. The problem of so-called “zombie properties,” or those that have been vacated but have not completed the foreclosure process, has become an “issue of national concern,” according to Delgado. About 37 percent of foreclosures nationwide are vacant and abandoned properties, according to Five Star.Delgado also recently spoke on the growing crisis of vacant and abandoned properties that is sweeping the country which he called a “community crisis of national proportion” at the 12th Annual National Property Preservation Conference (NPPC) in Washington, D.C.Delgado called for national solutions for what he termed the “vacant home epidemic” and praised the recently-passed Ohio State Bill H.B. 134, which expedites the foreclosure process lowers the amount of time that a property is vacant, as “an important template towards the introduction of a national course of solution for vacant and abandoned properties.” He also called on the Obama Administration to redeploy some of the billions of dollars in fines it has collected from various financial institutions into blighted communities that have suffered from years of urban deterioration. The Valuation Gap: A Growing Issue for Housing Market Recovery in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Appraisal Housing Market Urban Institute Valuation 2016-02-29 Staff Writercenter_img February 29, 2016 790 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Housing Policy Not in This Debate

first_img By Kendall BaerDespite their lack of discussion on the housing market during the primary debates and now the first presidential debate on Monday, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have expressed their stances on housing sporadically throughout the race.Trump spoke at the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Miami, Florida and stated he believed overregulation was the source of many issues in the housing industry including the job growth.“The U.S. economy today is 25 percent smaller than it would have been without the surge of regulations since 1980,” said Trump. “So many businesses knocked down. We will issue an executive order to impose a temporary regulation moratorium on new agency regulations.”Furthermore, he has stated that he plans to discontinue funding of at least some government housing programs and work to ease the current regulatory framework if elected. He has specifically alluded to the possibility of eliminating The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Clinton on the other hand as shared via her website that she plans to “reduce barriers to lending in underserved communities,” and “support housing counseling programs.” She has also noted that if elected she will “provide the resources necessary to overcome blight, giving communities a chance to rebuild and renew with new businesses, new homeowners, and new hope.””For Hillary Clinton, growing middle class jobs and middle income security is the single lens in which she will judge economic policy,” said Gene Sperling, a top economic advisor to Clinton, in an address to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors at their Midyear Meeting in Miami. “What better helps the middle class than housing? Housing creates jobs in the United States. There is probably no other sector that creates jobs throughout income levels – from construction jobs to professional and servicing jobs.”Though Trump and Clinton remained did not discuss their housing policy stances during the debate, their was a brief exchange regarding the foreclosure crisis in which Clinton resurrected an accusation she made against Trump earlier this year.”Well, let’s stop for a second and remember where we were eight years ago,” Clinton said. “We had the worst financial crisis, the Great Recession, the worst since the 1930s. That was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off of Wall Street, and created a perfect storm. In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, ‘Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.’ Well, it did collapse.”Trump responded to the accusation by saying, “That’s called business, by the way.”Clinton continued, “Nine million people—nine million people lost their jobs. Five million people lost their homes. And $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. Now, we have come back from that abyss. And it has not been easy. So we’re now on the precipice of having a potentially much better economy, but the last thing we need to do is to go back to the policies that failed us in the first place.” in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News September 26, 2016 513 Views Sharecenter_img Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Housing Policy Presidential Debate 2016-09-26 Seth Welborn Housing Policy? Not in This Debatelast_img read more

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A nodeal Brexit could lead to tariffs of 40 or m

first_img A no-deal Brexit could lead to tariffs of 40% or more being imposed on food imports, driving up prices in shops and squeezing household budgets across the U.K. and Ireland, retail organizations from both countries have warned.With mounting fears that the U.K. could leave the European Union without an agreement in a little over a month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) and Retail Ireland, issued a joint warning that this outcome could lead to delays at borders and shortages of fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.The scheduled withdrawal on 29 March comes at a time in the year when the U.K. imports a lot of fresh, out-of-season, produce – 90% of the lettuce consumed in Britain, 80% of tomatoes and 70% of soft fruits come from, or arrive via, Europe. Increased tariffs, the devaluation of sterling and new regulatory checks would drive up the cost of fresh food and drink, which would be passed on to consumers, the retail bodies warned.If the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal, both fall back on the World Trade Organization’s most favored nation tariffs, which means import duties on everyday food items, including 40% on beef, 21% on tomatoes and 15.5% on apples. Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the BRC, said: “We cannot easily find an alternative to imports through Calais where there are frequent ferry sailings and the Channel tunnel.”The volumes of fresh produce imported through there are enormous, for example at peak periods there are approximately 130 lorries a day passing through with just citrus fruits.”Read the full story on The Guardian here. Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … ‘Cooperation, communication and education’ key … You might also be interested in February 22 , 2019 LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f …last_img read more

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FareShare Combating food waste at retail is a ben

first_img FareShare: Combating food waste at retail is a ben … You might also be interested in “We don’t ask growers to grow anything for us; we take what’s available and we make opportunities from that,” Vanpoperinghe explains. “We provide a solution for produce that would potentially go to waste; from either being left in the field or sent for processing, to the wholesale market or to landfill.“The fact that we’re a subscription-based business means we can give suppliers a forecast in advance. At the same time, we change the composition of the boxes based on what produce we have. We can offer flexibility that the supermarkets cannot because they need availability all year round.”For example, Oddbox works with a big banana importer in the UK. One week it might buy bananas that are singles, and the next it might purchase a whole box of bananas at different levels of maturity.“For us, it’s fine to have that difference,” points out Vanpoperinghe. “We compile all the produce from all of our suppliers at our packhouse and divide them between our boxes. The composition changes week on week.”On top of that, to help even more food find a home, Oddbox has begun to offer ‘add-ons’ for customers to purchase in addition to their usual box.“If a supplier has an excess of something but not enough for us to put into all the boxes, we offer it as a flash sale,” notes Vanpoperinghe. “Two weeks ago we had some wild garlic, and this week we have some fruit juices made from wonky and surplus veg.”Crucially, Oddbox discusses and agrees on a fair price that at least covers the supplier’s costs and with some margin.“It’s perfectly good produce and there is no reason why it can’t be sold,” Vanpoperinghe states. “We are offering a way to sell this produce at a fair price. Even selling to the wholesale market presents so much uncertainty for a supplier in terms of whether they will sell that produce or not, and at what price.”Describing Oddbox as a complementary route to market, Vanpoperinghe says the company has garnered much interest since appearing at Fruit Logistica 2019 but remains in search of new suppliers.“As we are growing rapidly, we are always looking for new suppliers,” she comments. “We would set up a call, visit your facility and explain what we require in terms of the produce.”Importantly, Vanpoperinghe says Oddbox’s specifications are broad, and relate only to the actual quality of the produce.“It needs to be fresh,” she explains. “We don’t want anything which has rot, any internal damage, or a shorter shelf-life.”Happy customersHaving been voted in January as the ‘best veg box in the UK’ by The Independent, it appears that Oddbox is on the right track.“The review was a really big achievement,” Vanpoperinghe says. “They reviewed nine boxes, including Riverford and Abel & Cole. It shows that consumers are really happy with us; we also have a very good retention rate.“We’ve got some really good reviews,” she continues. “We have a 9.7 out of 10 score on Trustpilot. People love the fact that they are able to reduce their impact on the planet, and that they can do it in an easy and convenient way because eating is part of our daily life.”In a further nod to environmental sustainability, Oddbox uses packaging that is 100% recyclable or degradable, and re-uses or recycles its boxes. Deliveries are made overnight to reduce the impact of the scheme.“It’s faster to deliver at night, so our vans are on the road less,” notes Vanpoperinghe. “It’s a lot more efficient, the carbon emissions are lower and it’s convenient for customers. We’re also looking into electric vans.”Each box contains a letter to explain from where the produce inside was sourced, and why it was rejected from its usual route to market. Oddbox also provides tips and recipes on how to use the produce to help customers to avoid wasting anything in their homes.“Customers are notified about the contents of their box a week in advance to help them to meal plan,” explains Vanpoperinghe. “Many people say it’s like Christmas every week, and that their children run to the door to open the box! It’s also a good way for parents to teach their children about produce, to show them how they grow and what’s in season.”To date, Oddbox claims to have saved 523,070 kilograms (kg) of fresh produce, 784,605kg of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), and donated 36,615kg to charity, which would translate in to some 276,076 meals.Anyone interested in working with Oddbox should contact its fresh produce buyer Martyn at martyn@oddbox.co.uk or hello@oddbox.co.uk.Register here to attend the three-day event. May 21 , 2019 Tasmanian researcher investigates delicate balance … center_img USDA launches countrywide youth contest to reduce … From the pages of Produce Business UKOddbox, the UK social enterprise that tackles pre-farm gate food waste, is seeking to partner with additional suppliers looking to sell their misshapen or surplus fresh fruits and vegetables. Following a successful start in London, the firm is embarking on a national expansion and wants more growers, importers, packers and retailers to get involved. PBUK speaks with Co-Founder Emilie Vanpoperinghe, who will be a speaker during the Educational Sessions at The London Produce Show and Conference June 6, to discover the opportunities and advantages of concepts like Oddbox.Considering more than 10 million tons of food, worth £17 billion, is wasted in the UK every year, according to WRAP, and 3m tons of produce, worth £4bn, is wasted before it even leaves the farm, Oddbox was set up in June 2016 to help tackle the crisis.By 2022, its goal is to capture 5% (500,000 tons) of the pre-farm gate produce waste (fruit and vegetables lost or wasted before they leave the farm) in the UK and the EU via innovative solutions that provide a social, environmental and commercial benefit for all involved.So far, Oddbox has tallied up a network of more than 50 suppliers based within 200 miles of London, including some of the biggest names in the UK produce industry, such as G’s Fresh, Produce World and Thanet Earth, to buy produce direct from source that is either surplus or doesn’t meet supermarket specifications.The company packs close to 5,000 small, medium and large boxes a week at its facility in South London. It serves 8,000 consumers at home and at work in the Greater London area, who receive an ever-changing variety of quality fruits and/or vegetables delivered direct and free of charge.Oddbox claims its suppliers obtain a fair price, while its customers pay at least 30% less than similar box schemes. To ensure there is zero waste, any unused produce is donated to Oddbox’s charity partners City Harvest and the Felix Foundation to feed those in need.Ultimately, the objective is much bigger says Vanpoperinghe, who set up Oddbox with husband Deepak Ravindran.“We’re the only veg box for wonky and surplus produce, and we focus on making opportunities from produce that’s already been grown, rather than asking producers to grow for us,” she explains. “As we expand, our intention is to have a larger and larger impact.“Any profit we make is reinvested in to the business to be able to grow and rescue more produce. We want to help solve the food waste crisis, to ensure that any produce that’s grown finds a home, and to help people to reduce their impact on the environment.”At first, Vanpoperinghe and Ravindran handled the packing and deliveries themselves, but Oddbox now comprises a 10-strong office team, supported by 15-20 packers. The firm also works with a logistics company that coordinates 10-15 drivers.Although Oddbox is growing rapidly, Vanpoperinghe accepts that the business is still quite small at present.“Just last year [2018] we grew by over 300% in terms of our customer base, and in the first quarter of this year we’ve grown 120%,” she reveals. “But we take only a minute proportion of the food wasted in the UK.“We currently cover 60% of Greater London. The plan is to serve all of London and to go nationwide next year.“We’ve got a small packhouse in Mitcham that we operate ourselves, and we’re looking at outsourcing some of the packing [to accommodate the expansion]. We’re in discussions with co-packers currently.”Looking for partnersTo support its ambitions, Oddbox urges any interested grower, importer, packer and even retailer to get in touch with the company to discover how they can get on board.“We aim to provide a solution that’s beneficial to everyone to solve the issue of food waste,” Vanpoperinghe notes.“For us, that means looking at partnering. We believe that not one player in the sector will solve the whole issue alone. It requires partnerships and that means businesses, government, NGOs, and all the different players in the sector coming together.”For retailers, while Oddbox already works with some of the biggest produce suppliers to the UK’s supermarkets, Vanpoperinghe says opportunities remain.“Retailers can contact us and we’d be happy to discuss any partnerships,” she explains. “Similarly, we could explore selling our boxes online.”For suppliers, meanwhile, Oddbox claims to offer a stable yet flexible route to market for any produce they are unable to sell. Optimizing sorting tech would grant produce indust …last_img read more

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first_imgArians and Jones worked together in Pittsburgh from 2007-11, but first met as members of Bear Bryant’s staff at Alabama in 1981-82. Before being hired in 2007 by the Steelers, Jones worked extensively in college football as an assistant at Alabama, Cincinnati, James Madison, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh and Temple.The Cardinals former special teams coach, Kevin Spencer, left the organization earlier this month to assume the same role with the San Diego Chargers. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires During his first nine days on the job, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has wasted little time putting together his new coaching staff.This weekend, Arians reportedly added to that staff by hiring former colleague Amos Jones as the team’s new special teams coordinator. Jones, previously worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was hired by Mike Tomlin in 2007 to be the assistant special teams coach. Over the past two seasons, Jones assumed all special teams duties for the team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgAs one playoff executive said to me, “For an offense that was inept last year, they actually aren’t far away. Moore and Arians will help the QB (Kolb). They need to add a running back and solidify the line. Steve knows what he has to do there. The only piece to add on defense maybe is an edge rusher. The defense is loaded. Russ Grimm held that team back. He was a poor offensive line coach. The kids (on the offensive line) who struggled gained experience and the new staff will help.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires True that.Of course, Schein notes the Cardinals will likely add another quarterback, but looks at Arizona as a squad with a good defense that just added the right coach at the right time. And, he says, they should have better injury luck this next season.Every team has injuries, but Arizona had 17 offensive players combine to miss a whopping 103 games, with nine guys hitting injured reserve. Levi Brown didn’t play a game. Home run threat Ryan Williams missed 11. Beanie Wells was out for seven. And Kolb, of course, missed 10, forcing John Skelton and Ryan Lindley into way too much action.Anything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong for Ken Whisenhunt’s team last year. That won’t happen again in 2013. Schein believes that Bruce Arians, who the Cardinals hired to replace Ken Whisenhunt, was the best coach available in the offseason. Writing the team “won the coaching carousel”, Schein says he believes Arians and assistant coach Tom Moore will be able to maximize the offensive talent on the roster, and specifically Kevin Kolb’s. But whatever happens, Schein believes the Cardinals will be better simply because they have better coaches in place. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Hooray optimism!According to NFL.com writer Adam Schein, the Arizona Cardinals will make the playoffs in 2013.Glad that’s all settled.Schein writes that he was tasked with coming up with a team that missed the playoffs in 2012 that will make it in 2013, and when he looked at everything, Arizona was the choice.This is not a piece for shock value. I honestly, truly, deeply believe the Cardinals are going to be the surprise team of the year with the right tweaks along the way. Sit back. I’m about to sell you.They have the right people running the show.They now employ the 2012 NFL Coach of the Year.And yes, they have a great defense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Look, there’s work to do on Kolb’s mentality and play, but Arians and Moore will do it. And there is a building point here. Before Kolb got hurt in Week 6 last year, the Cardinals were 4-1. He rocked steady against the Philadelphia Eagles in a win. He was clutch against the Miami Dolphins. Kevin Kolb beat the New England Patriots. Perhaps Schein is correct and the Cardinals will be back in the postseason in Arians’ first year at the helm. It will not be easy, as the team does have issues to correct, but maybe the new coaching staff will be the catalyst for the improvements.Then again, the Cardinals are in the same division as Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco and playoff team Seattle, so the road won’t exactly be easy.Apparently none of that matters to the writer. That’s cool. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgI saw it. So did my co-host John Gambadoro. So did AZCentral beat writer Kent Somers, and Darren Urban from azcardinals.com. Paul Calvisi was talking about it on Channel 15 as I was walking out of the stadium Monday. Larry Fitzgerald, the best player on the field, also happened to be the last player on the field. Long after everybody else was gone (with one disclaimer I’ll get to in a second) he was working on catching technique with tight end DC Jefferson, who didn’t exactly have a banner night at Lambeau Field. Jefferson dropped a couple of passes, including one in the end zone that certainly could have been thrown better than Drew Stanton threw it. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories The bad night was made worse when his coach mentioned him by name in the postgame press conference. So as the goal posts were being torn down and practice a good 30 minutes in the rear view mirror, there was Fitz putting in the overtime with the rook.It’s not the first time I’ve seen it. Last week, same drill. The goal posts were being torn down, the sideline equipment was being torn and there’s Larry Fitzgerald, the last player on the field working endlessly on catching balls over his shoulder. The world doesn’t necessarily need another blog or column testifying to the greatness of Larry Fitzgerald, but when the cliché — he’s the last player on the field — is the truth, it bears repeating. The disclaimer is that there was one other player out there too; Patrick Peterson. He was putting in the overtime work as well, signing every autograph for every fan who bothered to stay that long. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 37 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   There are so many that Abraham forgot to list Calais Campbell. That’s OK.The defense has been the guiding force in every win so far this season. There have been flaws; there always will be. The opposing tight end has been a thorn all year. The epic drive by the Niners was tough to stomach. And of course Sunday, Matt Ryan was on the road without his top two receivers. But the fears of this unit losing its effectiveness minus Ray Horton, Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes and four games of Daryl Washington have been dashed. This unit is playoff worthy. If the offense can build off of Sunday’s performance, the same might be said for the entire team. – / 18 Top Stories That defense is ballin’. Sunday’s 27-13 win was evidence that if the Cardinals are at least moderately productive offensively — not spectacular, just steady, solid and relatively error free – they could win some of these games going away. Ellington had a lot to do with that, obviously, and his breakout game serves as a notice that Rashard Mendenhall should take his time coming back from his toe injury. Is it any coincidence that the Cards won on a day where Carson Palmer threw more touchdowns than picks and only attempted 18 passes? Probably not. Four interceptions. Four sacks. That’s the story. Holding Atlanta without a touchdown until a faulty-looking pass interference call on Tyrann Mathieu in the fourth quarter. That’s the story. Another Carson Palmer interception that led to another short field by the opposition that yielded only a field goal. That is the story.A defense that held the opponent’s star tight end to three catches. Given the narrative up until this point, that is the story. John Abraham was listing all the studs on his side of the ball to azcardinals.com, and even he lost track. “Seeing the defense, the athletes we have, Karlos (Dansby), 58 (Washington), 90 (Dockett), me, 32 (Mathieu), he’s an amazing rookie, 26 (Rashad Johnson), we’ve got so many numbers, 21 (Peterson) — I keep forgetting him,” Abraham rattled off. “There are so many numbers you can call.” The issue of the day probably is Larry Fitzgerald. The Adam Schefter trade rumors. The strong Steve Keim rebuke. It could be Andre Ellington and the moment where the itch is scratched, where he gets the touches you’ve been craving for him to get. Despite the obviousness of Fitz’s future or Ellington’s present, the issue of the day for me is the reason why the Arizona Cardinals beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday; the reason why they are 4-4 with at least a puncher’s chance of claiming a wild card spot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I wanted to go somewhere where I could help the team,” Ginn said of why he chose the Cardinals. “And coming to the Cardinals was a big deal. They needed a fast guy, which I can bring to them.”That he can.Seven years ago while preparing for the NFL Draft, Ginn was clocked in the 4.37-second range in the 40-yard dash. The 5-foot-11 receiver was asked Thursday how fast he’d run today, and he said, with a smile, “I’m probably about 4.38, you know, without working.”Of course, Ginn added he hadn’t run the 40 in a while, so that is just the time he’s giving. But whether or not he is truly still that fast or even just a smidgen slower, in him, the Cardinals added a player that would appear to be perfect for coach Bruce Arians’ offense.“Just going back to all the guys that he had and being up there in Pittsburgh and seeing what he did to my Browns for years, it’s just a great fit for me,” Ginn said. “Just coming in and just knowing Mike Wallace and Santonio Holmes and different guys like that; it was just a good fit.”With Fitzgerald and Floyd occupying the receiver spots out wide, Ginn figures to do most of his work out of the slot. Though he has little experience in that role, he said he’d play wherever the coaches want him to. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories But slot or not, Ginn will be expected to take the top off of opposing defenses and open up things for the rest of the offense.Last season, the Cardinals used untested Brittan Golden and Teddy Williams in the role Ginn figures to have, with the two combining for five catches and 187 yards. In Carolina, Ginn caught 36 passes for 556 yards and five scores. Always an adept kick returner, Ginn admitted he was able to prove to teams that he was useful in other areas besides special teams, though he’d be happy to help the Cardinals out there, too.“My season last year brought me a rebirth type of season to show that I’m still a receiver and I can still get it done,” he said. “That’s what made me be able to come out to the Arizona Cardinals, having that great year.”But while his 2013 may have led to an increased amount of interest in his services, Ginn admitted he never really expected to leave the Panthers. Though he’s excited to join a Cardinals team that has a “fiery defense” and, in his opinion, is just a piece or two away from being an even better offensive team, that it even got to this point is a bit of a shock.“I was very surprised, but it’s a game,” he said. “They’ve got to do what’s best for them and I have to do what’s best for me, and becoming an Arizona Cardinal is what’s best for me.” TEMPE, Ariz. — They say you can’t teach speed. You may be able to coach up a player to better utilize whatever speed he possesses, but someone who is not particularly fast will never become particularly fast.Ted Ginn, Jr. does not have that problem, and because of that the Arizona Cardinals have the deep threat they’ve been looking for.The team signed the former Ohio State star to a three-year, $9.75 million contract Thursday. Once servicing the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphin to complement a receiver group that already includes Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald and rising star Michael Floyd. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals – It’s still hard to take the Cardinals seriously as a contender. It has nothing to do with the team’s talent and coaching staff, both of which are top-notch. It’s just one of those deals about the leopard and its spots. I keep waiting for University of Phoenix Stadium to disappear and the woeful Cardinals to magically be transformed back to playing in front of half-empty bleachers at Arizona State, like this was all a dream from a Kangol-wearing Cinderella-like godfather.The Cardinals came to Arizona for the 1988 season and played 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium, making the playoffs just once (1998). Since moving into their $455 million venue in 2006, the Cards have made the playoffs four times in 10 years with one trip to the Super Bowl.Now, Chase joins a list of analysts, bloggers and columnists who think Arizona can reach the Super Bowl again, perhaps winning it this time behind a “Kangol-wearing” head coach in Bruce Arians.The 2015 NFC West Division-winning Cardinals went 13-3, and return with the offensive weapons that led last year’s NFL in yards. With a healthy Tyrann Mathieu and the addition of Chandler Jones and Robert Nkemdiche, expecting this team to appear in the Super Bowl a year after losing the NFC Championship Game doesn’t seem unreasonable. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Excitement for the 2016 Arizona Cardinals is growing.In the offseason, football journalists and bloggers endlessly postulate and rank and hypothesize the upcoming season. For Cardinals fans, this might be fun to watch lately; another writer has given Arizona a nod as a Super Bowl contender.Chris Chase of Fox Sports put forth a list of NFL teams and placed them into categories of their “*actual* chances of winning the Super Bowl” this year. The Cardinals landed in the category titled, “One of these 7 teams is winning the Super Bowl.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rolling out its panel-based player ranking system, ESPN on Monday revealed the NFL’s best ranked from No. 100 all the way to No. 51.With several Cardinals likely challenging for spots in the top-10 heading into the 2016 season — Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu come to mind — there were also surely a few Arizona players among the players ranked from 51-100.Offseason acquisition Chandler Jones led a string of four Cardinals who fell from 61-68 in the rankings. The outside linebacker earned an average rating of 82.78 (100 being the best), according to ESPN’s 50-plus member panel of football experts, reporters and analysts. Jones is 26 and was fifth in the league in sacks last season with 12.5. What else is there to know? In two of his four seasons, he has had double-digit sacks. He’s long, lean and quick.After Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware followed at 62 and 63, respectively, Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald came in ranked as the 64th-best player.Teammate Calais Campbell wasn’t far behind two spots later and left guard Mike Iupati came in two more players down the line at No. 68.Iupati is a force in the Cardinals’ run game. He helped anchor an offensive line that blocked for 1,917 rushing yards, the most Arizona has totaled since 1988. Of those, 496 were run behind Iupati, according to ESPN Stats & Information. – / 13 Linebacker Chandler Jones during the team’s training camp practice Aug. 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The lone returns for New England from the deal now are fourth-round pick wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and third-round selection guard Joe Thuney, who were acquired for the second-round pick. Mitchell has four catches for 75 yards in four games this season.Jones, meanwhile, has started out the season with four sacks and 15 tackles, which are both on pace for career highs.Dating back to Larry Fitzgerald in 2004, only six of the Cardinals’ last 13 first-round selections are still with the team. Cooper became the seventh to no longer be with the team and the 2013 selection is now the most recent since Dan Williams (2010). 2012 first-round selection Michael Floyd is a free agent after this season. Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former No. 7 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Cooper was waived by the New England Patriots Saturday.Along with a second-round pick, Cooper was the return for the Patriots when they dealt Chandler Jones to the Cardinals.Cooper’s career in Arizona could never get going. Before the start of his rookie season, Cooper broke his left fibula in the third preseason game of the season. In the next two seasons, Cooper started just 11 games, and did not have a good 2015, ranked No. 50 at guard by Pro Football Focus. Jonathan Cooper, G, 1st round (7th overall)Early on Cooper appeared ready to take over at left guard and hold onto that spot for years to come, but a broken ankle suffered in the third preseason game of his rookie year ended that season, and from there he battled injury and inconsistency. He was the team’s starting right guard to begin 2015, but lost that job and was eventually traded to New England in the deal that brought Chandler Jones to Arizona. He was later released by the Patriots and picked up by the Cleveland Browns, before they too released him. Cooper has since signed with the Dallas Cowboys.Career stats: 29 games (14 starts) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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